Post-Strike CA Redistricting Commission Pool Remains Diverse

Earlier today, California’s state legislative leaders released the list of 24 redistricting commission applicants struck from the 60 finalists selected by the Applicant Review Panel (ARP). The ARP was widely praised for creating a pool that reflects California’s diverse population, and the list provided to the Rose Institute shows that legislative leaders respected the requests of many outside observers by retaining an extremely diverse group in the 36 remaining applicants.

By Race/Ethnicity:
White applicants: 33%  of the ARP’s pool of 60, 28% of the post-strikes remaining 36 (20 of the 60 and 10 of the 36).
Latino: 28% and 28% (17 and 10).
Asian-American: 17% of pool of 60, 22% of the remaining 36 (10 and 8).
Black/African-American: 13% of the 60, 11% of the remaining 36 (8 and 4).
Pacific Islander: the 1 Pacific Islander represented 2% of the 60 and represents 3% of the 36 (1 and 1).

By Gender:
Male: 52% of the 60, 44% of the remaining 36 (31 and 16).
Female: 48% and 56% (29 and 20).

The Southern Coastal area did well, seeing its percentage of the pool rise from 28% to 33% (17 and 12).
The Bay Area held steady, with 35% and 33% (21 and 12).
The Southern Central Valley region lost its last finalist (1 and 0).
The other regions all stayed essentially unchanged.

Los Angeles County saw its percentage of the pool increase from 20 to 25% (12 to 9). LA is 27% of the state’s total population, according to the Census Bureau’s most recent (July, 2009) population estimates. San Francisco dropped from 10% to 6% (6 to 2). San Francisco is 2% of the state’s population. Alameda increased from 10% to 14% (6 to 5). Alameda is 4% of the state’s population.

San Mateo and Santa Barbara each lost both of their finalists (2 to 0 per county), while San Bernardino, Tulare, and Butte lost their only remaining finalists (1 to 0 per county). San Mateo is 2% of the state’s population, Santa Barbara is 1%, San Bernardino is 5%, Tulare is 1%, and Butte is 1%. San Bernardino is the largest county with no one left in the remaining applicant pool, followed by Kern (Kern is 2% of the state’s population).

Contra Costa and Riverside join San Francisco with two applicants in the remaining pool (6%, from 5% and 3% respectively). Contra Costa is 3% of the state’s population and Riverside is 6%. Both of Riverside’s applicants in the pool of 60 made it to the pool of 36.

Ventura, San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, San Diego, Humboldt, Orange, San Joaquin, Fresno and Yolo counties each have one remaining applicant in the pool of 36. Ventura is 2% of the state’s population, San Luis Obispo is 1%, Santa Cruz is 1%, San Diego is 8%, Orange is 8%, San Joaquin is 2%, Fresno is 2% and Yolo is 1%.

The one remaining applicant earning “Under $35,000” was struck.
“$35,000 to $74,999” increased from 15% to 22% of the pool (9 to 8).
“$75,000 to $124,999” decreased from 33% to 28% (20 to 10).
“125,000 to $250,000” increased from 37% to 42% (22 to 15).
And over half of those earning “Over 250,000” were struck, reducing their share of the pool from 13% to 8% (8 to 3).

Educational Institutions (many applicants attended more than one college or university):
The Claremont Colleges lost our two remaining applicants.
Stanford stayed at 8% of applicants (5 before strikes, 3 after).
USC increased from 10% to 14% (6 to 5).
The Ivy League dropped slightly from 15% to 14% (9 to 5).
The UC schools surged from 55% to 61% (33 to 22).
CSU schools dropped slightly from 22% to 19% (13 to 7).

As required by the Constitution, 12 of the final 36 are Democrats and 12 are Republicans. Ten are “Decline to State,” one is a member of the Green party, and one is “Other.”

Who was struck?
Among the 8 Democrats struck, 3 were white, 3 Black/African-American, 1 Asian-American and 1 Latino. Three were from the Bay Area, and one each was from Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Tulare and Butte counties. Five were male and 3 were female.

Among the 8 Republicans struck, 1 was Native American, 3 were white, 1 was Asian American, 1 was Black/African American and 2 were Latino. Three were from the Bay Area, and one each was from San Diego, Humbolt, Santa Barbara, Sacramento and Santa Cruz counties. Six were male and 2 were female.

Among the 8 “Others” struck, 4 were Latino and 4 were white. Three were from the Bay Area, 2 were from Sacramento County, 2 were from Los Angeles County, and 1 was from San Diego. Four were male and 4 were female.

What’s Next?
At 10am on November 18th, the State Auditor will randomly draw the names of the first 8 members of the first-ever California Citizens Redistricting Commission. By December 31st, those 8 will choose the 6 additional finalists who will join them on the 14-member commission.

Separate worksheets in the attached spreadsheet lists the 60 ARP finalists, the 36 remaining in the pool, and the 24 names struck from the pool.

UPDATE: Having trouble opening the spreadsheet? These are a bit rough but they contain the same information in PDF format: the 24 applicants struck from the pool; the 36 remaining applicants; and the 60 ARP finalists (before strikes) plus comparative demographics tables.

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